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Global Discussions on Exceptions and Limitations to Copyright for Libraries Continue

It’s time to look back at a of week global discussions on copyright at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). There were useful new reports and materials, signs of consensus on all sides that exceptions and limitations are an essential part of the copyright framework, and further proof that action is needed to allow libraries to work across borders.

9 Abril 2019 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Access to knowledge, Advocacy, Archives, Copyright, Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries & Archives, Policy

IFLA Releases Statement on Open Access in Intergovernmental Organisations

Intergovernmental Organisations both shape the policies and priorities of governments, and inform the international debate. By going making their publications freely – and meaningfully – available to all, they can support participation and set an example to all.

4 Abril 2019 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Copyright, Open Access

A Unique Role - A Real Need: Libraries, Archives, Museums and Exceptions to Copyright

Through two events at the World Intellectual Property Organisation, IFLA helped explore the indispensable – and undisputed – role of exceptions and limitations in achieving the public interest mission of libraries.

2 Abril 2019 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Copyright, Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries & Archives

Global discussions around copyright continue next week in Geneva

IFLA will be in Geneva from 1 to 5 April to engage once again with representatives from all over the world on exceptions and limitations to copyright for libraries.

27 Marzo 2019 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Access to knowledge, Advocacy, Copyright, Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries & Archives

EU Copyright Directive Adopted: The Fight for Libraries and Freedom of Speech Passes to the National Level

Today, the Plenary of the European Parliament adopted the Copyright Directive by a significantly reduced margin compared to previous votes. It will now be for libraries at the national level to make the most of new possibilities, while continuing the fight for freedom of expression.

26 Marzo 2019 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Europe, Copyright, Freedom of expression

Access under Threat: IFLA Underlines the Risks Posed by Article 13

Next week’s vote on the European Union’s Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market is an opportunity to advance the situation of libraries. But unless an Article which would effectively force the filtering of speech on the internet is removed, it could also do a lot of harm.

24 Marzo 2019 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Europe, Copyright, Freedom of expression

IFLA Brief on Open Educational Resources

To celebrate Open Education Week 2019, IFLA releases a brief on open educational resources. This underlines the role librarians can play in creating, curating and ensuring access to these materials, and key issues surrounding them.

4 Marzo 2019 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Access to knowledge, Copyright, Education, E-Learning, Open Access

WIPO goes to the regions: #Copyright4Libraries in Asia-Pacific, Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean

2019 will be a key year to show what libraries around the world need from copyright laws. A series of regional seminars organised by the World Intellectual Property Organisation will bring together senior officials, and IFLA will be there.

28 Febrero 2019 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Access to knowledge, Advocacy, Copyright, Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries & Archives

Mixed Messages – Provisional Deal on Draft EU Copyright Directive Retains Key Flaws

After thirty months of discussion, there was provisional agreement yesterday on the EU’s draft Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. While there have been marked steps forwards for libraries, the text retains provisions that pose serious threats to freedom of access to information and freedom of expression.

14 Febrero 2019 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Copyright, Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries & Archives, Europe

Ensuring Equality: IFLA Submits Comments to New Zealand Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Consultation

Following a call for comments by the government of New Zealand Te Aotearoa on draft legislation designed to implement the Marrakesh Treaty, IFLA has made a submission. This highlights the need to reject provisions that go beyond what the Treaty requires, and to respect the fundamental principle of non-discrimination.

8 Febrero 2019 | Libraries Serving Persons with Print Disabilities, Access to information, Services to people with disabilities, Services to the visually impaired, New Zealand, Marrakesh Treaty

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